A false pepper which comes from Chili. Francis Drake's surgeon used winter's bark to combat scurvy and to season the cuisine on board, the bark was dried and rolled into quills like cinnamon (hence the name canelo). For the Mapuche Indians it is a sacred tree, the tree of wisdom, peace and healing - who wouldn't want to try its fruit! At first the flavour is mild with a hint of eucalyptus, biting into it releases the heat but which cools quickly, and the sensation of sweetness lingers in the mouth. Winter's bark goes well with fish and all seafood. Use it whole or grind in a coffee grinder.